Trustee Joe LaBella also questioned district administration and he raised two good questions. First, he wondered why 35 teaching positions needed to be eliminated, but administrative cuts were minimal. Superintendent Charles Sulc responded that the new teacher evaluation system has doubled the work of administrators. Huh? Yes state mandates have required school personnel to work harder, including teachers implementing the Core Curriculum, so it must be asked why teachers may be reduced but not administrators. There has been very little mention of an administrator’s pay freeze or, gasp, an administrator’s pay cut. Why? Shouldn’t administrators bear the burden equally?
When there is a presidential election, there is usually a “buzz” about it. Folks seem to get excited about national, state and even county elections. However, when it comes to local politics, particularly school issues, the interest level seems to be one of apathy. Many complain about school taxes, but it seems that few actually attend their school board meetings and participate in them. This is perplexing as school boards and the budgets they pass often have the greatest impact on property taxes as well as the quality of education afforded to children.
Therefore, it was quite inspiring to see how well attended last week’s school board budget discussion was. It is important for the community to get involved in these matters. By coming out and getting involved, Massapequans are sending a message that they care about the quality of the education being offered in Massapequa and also about how the budget will impact them. Well done to everyone who attended and got involved.
- Ron Scaglia
I’m pleased to announce a package of tax relief and reform measures to give an economic boost to New York taxpayers. The current proposal is in line with my previous efforts to provide Nassau taxpayers with meaningful relief during these difficult economic times.
The 2013 Family Tax Relief Act would provide a major economic boost to New York’s middle class families, and seeks to restore the STAR Rebate Check Program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation.
The murder of Marcelo Lucero lingers as a scar on Long Island’s conscience.
Four and a half years after the savage hate crime, we still struggle to understand how those involved in the attack could act with such horrific violence. And at the same time we struggle to understand the climate of anger towards immigrants from which this savagery emerged, a rising tide of hatred that clearly helped buoy the attackers to action. The attack was clearly a particularly brutal eruption of a very big problem and in a very real way, the angry teenagers who killed Marcelo Lucero are rightly serving prison sentences for the act, but they didn’t act alone.
Last week, the Massapequa Girls Varsity Basketball team’s fantastic season ended with a heartbreaking loss to Sachem East in the Long Island Class AA Championship. The team was valiant in defeat, battling throughout. Each time that Sachem East would expand their lead and appeared to be putting the game away, Massapequa dug in, rallied, and came back, only to run out of time at the end and falling five points shy of their opponents. I’m sure that the players who will be returning next year will use this a motivating factor to get back to the Long Island Championship and avenge this defeat - just as this year’s team was determined to avenge a loss in last year’s county game, which they successfully did.
When I was elected County Executive, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in decades, I knew I would need some creative ideas, call it a new way of thinking, to help people who had lost their jobs get back to work.
Recognizing that jobs are the key to a growing economy, I instituted job fairs to link the unemployed with businesses and corporations in need of workers. I also invested funds in job training and retraining centers with our local towns. In partnership with the County’s Industrial Development Agency, I offered incentives that helped create and retain more than 3,500 private sector jobs. My administration worked hand-in-hand with businesses and corporations to ensure they–and their employees—stayed in Nassau County.
I recently stopped by the library and was amazed at all that is offered. There are seminars and classes to take advantage of as well as fun activities. There is a wealth of books that can be perused without the need for downloading. There are also many magazines (remember those?) and newspapers to enjoy.
Fire safety is something we can all be lax about. Last week, tragically, we saw why it is so important.
- Ron Scaglia
171,476 - 47,156. Wondering what these numbers represent? These totals are the enormous amount of vocabulary afforded to us, both full entries and obsolete, that exists in the Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition. So, with all these choices why is it that a good amount of today’s population opt to express themselves, and I am being gentle when I identify their language usage as “colorful” at best?
Since the birth of cable television non-censorship seems to have morphed into a “right.” There are little to non-existent guidelines with content. Recently while tuning into a network program that is viewed at 9 p.m., appearing on the screen before the credits began to roll were warnings advising that mature content, violence, language, and sexual content would be part of this program.
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